June Ipsy Glambag – Pretty in Paradise

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It’s Ipsy time! For $10 USD (plus tax in some states), you get a makeup bag filled with on average 4-5 deluxe sized samples and some full-size beauty products. You take a short quiz and based on your answers, you are “matched” up with products that are “personally” chosen for you. The accuracy of IpsyMatch is iffy to some subscribers. To subscribe or just to read more about Ipsy, you can click here. This month’s bag theme is “Pretty in Paradise,” fitting for the start of summer.

The surprise is the makeup bag itself. It is a deep blue with red zipper and has a fun pineapple and bird of paradise print… and it was designed by Rebecca Minkoff. Take a look at her video here!

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Here is what I received in my glambag this month:
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1. NYX butter gloss in apple strudel (nyxcosmetics.com, full size $5)

I’ve said this time and time again– I love NYX. They are affordable and great quality. I’ve been hearing a lot about the NYX butter glosses but have holding off on purchasing any until I saw what color I got in my Ipsy bag. I received it in the shade apple strudel which is a pretty peach color. It has a typical sponge applicator. The formula is slightly tacky but not anymore than I would expect from any other lipgloss. The color swatched pretty on my arm but unfortunately the color didn’t show so much on my lips. An additional plus is that it smells delicious– I felt like the entire time I was applying this, I was smothering a birthday cake flavored cupcake all over me! Nice product that doesn’t disappoint, I’ll just need to try out different colors, I’m thinking maple blondie or red velvet.

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2. Nicka K New York shimmer liner in green (nicka.com, full-size $4.99)

I remember getting a Nicka K nail polish in a past Ipsy bag, it was a gorgeous red color that was the red of all reds for me. Sadly, I can’t find the polish =(. I was happy to be able to try another product from the line. Nowadays, I typically don’t reach for colored eyeliner (I tend to reach for black or brown almost every day) but a new colorful liner is always a welcome change. (I actually recently purchased the NYX liquid crystal liner in gold which I love.) Anyway, this month I received the Nicka K shimmer eyeliner in green. The colors is very pretty, it’s more of like a peacock green than a green-green if that makes any sense HAH. It watched beautifully on my arm but unfortunately I felt at odds when I applied, or rather tried to apply, it to my eyelid. The applicator HURTS. The website describes it as a foam tip applicator. When I think of “foam” words like soft and gentle come to mind. Instead it was hard and stiff. Haha hard and stiff *devilish grin*… A bit of a disappointment considering the color is nice and the formula so far seems to stay put pretty well (I can still see my swatch on my arm a day later after having washed over it). I suppose I could use a different brush that is much more gentle on the eye area but having to remove the applicator that came with it, dip in a different brush and wasting some product, then having to recap it? Too much hastle.

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3. Laneige BB Cushion (target.com, full size $34)

I’ve seen a lot of Laneige posts lately and now I’ve seen the line carried at Target so of course I’ve been really curious about it. I received the Laneige BB cushion sample in my Ipsy bag. At first, I thought this was just a small foil sample since all I saw when I first pulled it out of my pink bubble mailer was the cardboard display. The sample actually has four little compartments– one for the applicator puff and one each of the light, medium, and dark shades. When I first saw that I was receiving the BB cushion, I thought it was going to be a single sample of one shade and the color that each person received was going to be a toss up, so the sample that was actually sent out is a pleasant surprise.

I have been searching for a new BB cream and also something in a compact form that would make applying it much easier on the go especially since I’ll be doing some traveling this summer. I have not yet tried this product but I have high hopes for it.

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4. Marc Anthony dream waves beach spray (walgreens.com, full size $8.79)

I’m not a fan of hair products unless it’s a conditioner or mask so styling products in my Ipsy bag are usually pretty bleh to me, so things like spray clays or gels are not the types of things I want to see waiting for me in my bag. Most days my hair has been flat ironed but lately I’ve been leaving the house with my hair in its natural state– airy, curly, and slightly frizzy. I’ve gotten to the point where I don’t mind going out with my hair in all its glory from time to time so anything that will enhance my natural texture is fine.

Let me say first that this beach spray from Marc Anthony smells divine! It makes me want to grab a pina colada and sit it a lounge chair while I’m basking in the sun at the bask. It smells like a freakin’ pina colada! I’ll get back to you on how this performs a little later– my hair is currently ironed out and I don’t want to waste a perfectly good hair day.

// Edit // I’ve had a chance to now try out the Marc Anthony beach spray and while it smells delicious, it didn’t perform how I was hoping. It left me hair feeling sticky =(.

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5. Be a Bombshell lash out mascara (beabombshellcosmetics.com, full size $15)

Last but not least and unfortunately the most disappointing product I received this month is this Be a Bombshell mascara. It is a repeat brand that we seem to receive every other month. I haven’t had any issues with the quality of products but the colors usually haven’t been ideal for me and I’ve had to work them with other color products for them to be wearable. With that said, this month is the first time I’ve received a product by this company that I cannot use. Why? I’ll get to that shortly.

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The packaging of the mascara follows the look of the packaging of all the other products I’ve received– matte, black, and simple with just their logo on it. The brush is a spiral brush that applied the product well. The formula didn’t clump even after the first application.

So, everything I’ve said about the mascara has been pretty positive, right? Why is this a product that I cannot use? To begin with, I was hesitant to apply this because the SMELL that came out of that tube when I first opened it was awful. Like, worse than the smell that came out of the POP Beauty lip gloss a few months back because this time around, the smell enveloped by senses right when I opened it. At least with the POP gloss I couldn’t smell it until it got closer to my nose. That is how bad the smell was and I can’t even begin to describe it. My eyes also started getting irritated after applying that I had to take it off immediately. I took to the company’s Facebook page and sure enough there were the posts of BaB addressing with the many people posting issues with it. Here is the first post made on June 11th:

We understand that several IPSY customers have received our Lash Out Mascara with a strong smell. We would like to assure you that all of our ingredients are 100% safe.

Three of the ingredients included in our Lash Out mascara are included in the FDA’s list of Generally Recognized As Safe ingredients list. Those ingredients are Cera Alba (Bees Wax), Propylene Glycol, and Stearic Acid. All other ingredients are ingredients that are commonly used in other cosmetic products.

Although the mascara has a strong smell, we as a company chose to not cover the smell with a fragrance in the formulation. Fragrance is often an irritant to sensitive consumers.

We value our customers and all Ipsters. We take all complaints seriously and take them into consideration. Please e-mail Be A Bombshell cosmetics at customerservice@beabombshellcosmetics.com with any questions or concerns.

And here is the second post made yesterday:

Dear Ipsters and Bombshells,

We would like to address the continuing concern over our Lash Out mascara included in many of Ipsy’s June bags. Batch 0310 was produced in April of 2014 specifically for the Ipsy June bag. At the time of production this batch underwent our standard testing and all tests came back normal.

We recognize the continued concern over the safety of this product. We urge anyone who experiences any irritation or other reaction to discontinue use of this product. In light of the continuing concern over our Lash Out mascara batch 0310 we will be engaging a new independent laboratory to conduct additional safety testing on this batch of mascara.

The safety of our customers is of paramount importance to us. We take all complaints seriously and are investigating these concerns. If anyone has any additional concerns, please continue to reach out to us at customerservice@beabombshellcosmetics.com. We will reply to each email as soon as possible.

Thank you,
The Bombshell Team

While I appreciate the fact that the company is addressing the issue at hand but, come on, to say that they chose to not cover the smell with a fragrance? No fragrance in the world can cover up the smell of the mascara and it is nothing like any other mascara I have ever used. I surely hope that the company intends to keep its users updated especially considering many people other than myself experienced eye irritation from its use.

And back to my bag… Here are the swatches of the NYX butter gloss and Nicka K shimmer eyeliner:

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Overall, this month’s bag was OK. The fact that Ipsy collaborated with Rebecca Minkoff to bring us a fun tropical bag for summer is a major plus but a couple products did not perform as I hoped they would that they bring down the entire bag this month. Did you receive your June Ipsy glambag? What did you get?

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December Ipsy Glambag – “Celebration”

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I’m playing a bit of catch up here since I never got around to posting my quick review of the November Ipsy glambag, but here is December!. For $10 USD (plus tax in some states), you get a makeup bag filled with on average 4-5 deluxe sized samples and some full-size beauty products. You take a short quiz and based on your answers, you are “matched” up with products that are “personally” chosen for you. The accuracy of IpsyMatch is iffy to some subscribers. To subscribe or just to read more about Ipsy, you can click here.

This month’s bag theme is “Celebration.” A celebration of the holidays, a celebration of the New Year, a celebration of beauty? Hah. The makeup bag itself is tied for if not my favorite of the bags I’ve received since I’ve been subscribed to Ipsy. It is glossy black with a quilted texture and deep red lining on the inside. The zipper on the front side versus the top, which although can make it more difficult when you’re trying to jam pack a bunch of stuff into the bag, it is a welcome change and actually looks very nice with the bag style.

And here are the products I received:

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1. Be a Bombshell the one stick in flustered (beabombshellcosmetics, full size, $16)

The packaging! Oh my gosh, the matte black packaging! If there’s one thing you can always count on from BaB is their clean, simple, attractive packaging. But another thing I can always count on is receiving the bright colors and this month is no exception. I received their all over stick in the color flustered which is a bold pink toned red color. The products is meant to be able to be used all over your face – cheeks, eyes, lips.

IMG_3900In terms of application, the product glides on nicely and is very blendable so the bold color doesn’t have to be worn as bold as it swatches. I think I could make this work.

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2. Pop Beauty eyeshadow trio in smokin’ hot (popbeauty, full-size, $24 for 10 eyeshadows)

Eyeshadow is always welcome as long as they aren’t brown neutral colors (my Naked palettes take care of all my neutral eyeshadow needs). We received three eyeshadow sample palettes from Pop Beauty this month which is a UK based company. The other palette color option being sent out is Naturally Bare so I’ll take the Smokin’ Hot palette since a classic gray/black smokey eye is always nice. The full-size palette comes with ten eyeshadow colors which includes navy and lavender. It would have been nice to have one of those colors included in the sample palette but instead it included white, grey, and black.

IMG_3904It comes with a double ended sponge tip applicator which is of no use to me. These eyeshadows are soooo soft! I was pleasantly surprised when I took a swatch with my finger. The black was perhaps a bit more gritty than the other two but nothing that you can’t work with.Very pigmented and easily blendable. I would consider purchasing one of their full-size palettes but being that Pop Beauty is UK based, I probably would not buy directly from their website due to shipping costs.

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3. NYX extra creamy round lipstick in sky pink (nyxcosmetics, full size, $4)

NYX is a brand that I am very familiar with– it was the first brand that I collected eyeshadows from when I first started wearing makeup. Admittedly though, I am a bit behind when it comes to other products like their lipsticks but I started buying them just a few months ago. I was a little worried that I would end up receiving a color I already had. Luckily I didn’t but, unluckily, I got a color I’m not too wild about. I’ve found that any color that is lighter than my skin tone makes me look weird and washed out. Sky Pink makes me looks sickly but at least with cotton candy colored lips. How about that for a visual? Don’t get me wrong, the formula is about the same as all other round lipsticks I’ve gotten from NYX, the color just isn’t something I would typically wear which is prooooobably why I never bought it. While it isn’t a color I would have preferred, it’s still usable if I layer it with some other colors so I guess all is right in the world.

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I would absolutely purchase more of these… just in different colors.

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4. Nicka K New York nail polish in   (nicka, full size $4.99)

Nicka K is a brand that I am unfamiliar with but at least it’s a change from all the Nailtini polishes I’ve been receiving. There were two other nail polishes being sent out in the December glambags, one which is a pretty purple Julie G polish from Jessie’s Girl and the other a black and yellow glitter from Starrily. I’ve never been fond of anything on me (including my nails) looking like a bumble bee.

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I received this Nicka K polish in the color Ripe Apple. I would have prefered the taupe color being sent out because I’ve very particular with the red nail polishes that I wear. The packaging threw me off quite a bit, I mean, the shape of the bottle itself is nothing like the typical nail polish bottles you see. The handle of the brush itself is long which I like so I can get a nice grip. After swatching the polish I can now say that I am SO happy Ipsy sent me this polish in THIS color. Ladies and gentlemen (ok, more than likely just ladies) I have found my perfect red color. It’s not pink like some of the “reds” I’ve tried, it doesn’t have tons of shimmer.

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It IS a nice, rich red color, it does apply very good, it is a one-coater, and it is very glossy even without a top coat. What more can you ask for in a nail polish? I’m very pleased with this item and it couldn’t have been sent at a more perfect time. Yes, I will be wearing this for Christmas and, yes, I would definitely purchase this!

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5. English Laundry Signature pour homme and pour femme  (englishlaundryfragrance, 1.7 oz for $72)

When I first opened my package, I was overwhelmed by this gorgeous scent but I had no idea what it was… until I opening the English Laundry packaging and found that the vials were about halfway or more gone! Yes, the caps were screwed loosely and from what I’ve been reading online, quite a few other ladies had the same experience. I thought the sample would only include one vial but there were two includes, one pour homme and one pour femme. I am horrible, HORRIBLE at describing fragrances. All I can say is whether or not I like them, and I actually do like these.

From the English Laundry website, the men’s Signature scent is described as follows:

Sophisticated, Masculine & Captivating. Signature is a fragrance with aromatic notes of bergamot, lemon, lavender and cedar wood. Nutmeg and coriander are composed in the middle. Signature reveals a base of sandalwood, vetiver, musk and amber.

The women’s Signature description is:

Signature opens with quince, complimented by white chocolate and jasmine petals at the heart. For a purely peaceful scent, notes of orris roots, powdery musk and sensual woods have been composed at the base.

Don’t you just love perfume descriptions? So there you have it, that’s what they smell like and they smell good. Hah. Would I purchase? At $72 for the 1.7 oz size, probably not.

And before I forget, here are swatches:

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Be a Bombshell The One Stick, NYX lipstick, and Pop Beauty eyeshadoes (white, grey, and black)

Overall, I am pleased with the quality of the products I received this month. I would have much preferred different colors on some of the items versus what I received but they are all usable.

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Did you receive the December Ipsy glambag? What did you receive in yours? How do you like the products?